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A Kaiju-Sized Skull Island

So, King Kong is coming back with a new rebooted franchise, and word on the street is that they’re going to pit Kong against Godzilla again. Considering this would mean that Kong would have to be scaled-up in size in order to contend with the Big G, I’ve been wondering how that’s supposed to work, which led to this. 

As with the last map, there’s a long write-up under the cut.

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So crescentwrenches had an awesome idea for theater/AV techs to post their gig bags, tool boxes, etc. Here’s mine. I work in live audio (at a venue and freelance with my own small PA) and do field recording for broadcast. I’ve given everything in the pictures above a number, so look down below for a description and comment about each item!


1. Stanley tool bag: I got this for like $10 on Amazon a while back and it’s held up well. Holds what I need, durable enough, and looks professional.
2. Lutz interchangeable ratcheting screwdriver: I bought this when I interned for an IT department. I’ve used it for everything from rebuilding computers to repairing refrigerators to building props.
3. Kobalt adjustable wrench on tool tether: Every theater tech should have an adjustable wrench in their gig bag. I’ve been using this one for about four years and I love it.
4. Mechanix work gloves: For unloading trucks during load in, pushing cases, rigging, focusing lights, etc. Not very happy with these, but they do the job for now.
5. DeWalt belt tool holder: I don’t use this very often, but during big shows I can put this on my belt and hold an adjustable wrench, sharpies, flashlight, etc.
6. Various screwdrivers
7. Various pliers and a very mediocre set of wire cutters that need to be taken out of my bag
8. Scotch super glue: I stuck this in my tool bag because I found it on the floor one day and it’s saved me on about four shows since then.
9. Various adjustable wrenches to loan out to stagehands or when I need another one to hold something in place
10. 120v outlet tester: Checks for messed up ground, etc.
11. Crappy extra batteries: I usually have a few procells but I used them all up.
12. No contact voltage detector: I never use this, but it’s here if needed. I think the batteries are dead. It’s been months since I’ve touched it.
13. Crappy multimeter
14. Stanley precision screwdrivers: BEST $3 I’VE EVER SPENT
15. Ebtech cable tester: Everyone should have a cable tester in their bag. I happen to have this Ebtech. Nothing special. Works fine, but doesn’t test NL4.
16/17. Gerber multitool and holster
18. MagLite MiniMag LED and holster: Currently my favorite flashlight
19. Gerber Crucial multitool: Look it up. The black version is great.
20. Crappy flash drive
21. Crappy pocket knife
22. Really nice scissors: because nobody can ever figure out what happened to the venue’s scissors
23. Various lead and lead free solder
24. Wire strippers
25. Solder sucker
26. Mediocre Weller soldering iron
27. Tire pressure gauge: I work with a lot of carts and things
28. Pen with a bunch of different colored ink
29. Various sharpies
31. King Size Sharpie:
I don’t actually use it. It’s solely for bragging rights.
32. Metallic Sharpie: For writing on gaff and stuff. I love this thing.
33. Drum keys: Because drummers don’t know how to tune their own drums
32-36. Electrical tape in various colors: For labelling handheld mics, usually
37. Band-aids
38. Lexicon-branded lanyard:
As an emergency backup tool tether


39. Behringer UCA222 Audio Interface: This thing is technically a really mediocre interface, but it’s gotten me out of so many difficult situations since the headphone output on my MacBook has a grounding issue. Easy the best $25 I’ve ever spent.
40. (2) RCA to ¼ cables: The set that’s usually in my bag is still at work, so there’s a normal set of RCA cables holding it’s place in this picture. I use these for the UCA222 interface.
41. 1/8 to dual ¼ cable: For connecting a phone to the board
42. Adapter case (more on that below)
43. Sennheiser HD280 Pro Headphones
44. Mediocre Passive Behringer DI Box:
Hate on Behringer all you want, but this DI has gotten me out of dozens of difficult situations and doesn’t sound horrific, so I keep using it. (Yes, I have much better DIs for my PA, don’t worry)
45. HP Stream 7 Windows Tablet: This thing cost like $60 with a few discounts, and it’s great for looking up manuals and emails and stuff. I love Windows tablets. neotrotsky would be proud. Still running Windows 8 because 10 was giving me driver issues with the accelerometer, but it still works fine.
46. Kmashi 10,000mah battery: Because my stupid iPhone lasts two hours
47. Micro USB cable: Charges Stream 7 and my iPhone (with battery case)
48. (4) 6′ TRS to XLR Male cables: I get a lot of questions about why I carry these. I work on analog boards a lot with ¼ outputs. I usually don’t end up using all four of these, but they’ve saved me more times than I can count.

49. (6) XLR female to female turnarounds: Yes, I’ve used all six at the same time.
50. (6) XLR male to male turnarounds: Yes, I’ve also used all six of these at the same time.
51. NL4 to ¼
52/53. ¼ to XLR adapters
54. Mic stand parts and thread adapters
55. Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter
56. (2) RCA to ¼
57/59/60/62/61/63. Various AV adapters and things
58. TRS couplers
64/65. Barrel DIs
66. Whirlwind Little IMP:
 generally used to get mic level signal into guitar pedals
67/68/69/70. XLR splitter, 1/8 female to dual ¼, stereo RCA to mono ¼, other RCA adapters

Sorry this was so lengthy! Please ask if you have any questions or want details about any of these items! I love to talk gear!

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As always, I try to keep my EDC as light (850g / 30oz) and minimalistic as possible, without having to sustain a loss in terms of functionality and looks. For the first time in many months, I purchased a new pen, namely the ‘Uni Kuru Toga Roulette’ which will soon replace my old Fisher Bullet Space Pen. (he will live on in my EDC backpack though) I’m also carrying the brilliant 'ARKtype PMK’ (Paracord Magnetic Keychain) on my belt loop, for a couple of weeks now. It’s main feature is the slim-profile magnetic clasp, which allows for quick and simple access to my keys, multi-tool & backup knife. Everything else stayed pretty much the same. I’m still in love with my 'PocketDoJo Sleeve’, which I use more often than I could’ve ever imagined! Happy Holidays, EDCers!

anonymous asked:

Hmmm hard pieces for Coran. Maybe he feels more comfortable fixing it himself, the lab grown ones gave him a strange phantom itch. Maybe it was made by the old Paladins and now an extra Headcanon there's a hidden compartment in it, where he keeps emergency tools.

“Can…” Shiro bit his lip, then swallowed. “Is it okay if I see?” 

It had nearly put him on the floor when Coran told him he had some of Mirje’s work on him, too. Coran. Who moved as balanced and even as if he’d been calibrated. And yet as he watched, the older man took a seat and calmly removed his boot, rolling up his uniform leg just above the knee to show…

-seemingly nothing unusual? But before Shiro could ask, Coran tapped something unseen, and the apparent normal-ness of his limb shimmered for a moment before seams and panels and tiny rivets became visible.

Shiro gaped. “How? When?”

“If you mean when I lost the limb, that was before the original Voltron team was even formed,” Coran said, sitting up and unmasking the rest of his scars. “Back when I was still the royal bodyguard, there was a poison bomb attempt on the king’s life. It was a fairly weak attempt as they go, really. But I took some shrapnel in the leg and got contaminated. The infirmary staff amputated the limb when we got back to Altea. The queen was furious.”

Shiro rested his chin in his hands, frowning a little. "Why would the queen be mad at you? Because you had to go off duty?”

Coran snorted and shook his head. “Oh, Illyere wasn’t mad at me. It was the medics who ordered the amputation that she nearly took apart. See, her majesty wasn’t a full-blooded Altean, and that had an interesting effect. Rather than being able to shapeshift like the rest of us, she had a healing talent like her offworlder relatives. Saved my neck several times, in fact,” he said, pointing to the claw-mark scars over his eye. “But Altea in those times… wasn’t the best place to be of mixed blood. Even as a queen.”

It took him a few seconds to put the pieces together, then his eyes widened. “They wouldn’t let her in to see you, when she could have fixed you before the leg got bad enough to need amputation.”

“Got it in one.” Coran folded his hands over his stomach and sighed. “I don’t recall a lot of what happened after the surgery, because I was in cryo for recovery. Their majesties never wanted to talk about it. I suspect Alfor fired the lot, or transferred them to positions away from the castle. No, they wouldn’t have been arrested for anything,” he added pointedly when Shiro opened his mouth.

Shiro flushed. “I was actually going to ask what the replacement originally was, since you didn’t know Mirje then. But… that is a good point. I’m kinda glad to know that they didn’t do anything seriously bad to the medics… even if they deserved it.”

“Ah. Sorry, then.” Coran scratched the back of his neck. “Altean prosthetics are designed via nanotech to replicate the original limb as closely as possible. They grow in laboratory conditions, then are grafted using shapeshifting back to the stub of the amputated limb.”

“That sounds amazing. No offense, but why would you go from that to hardware?”

‘The grafting never really… took for me, I suppose. Call it allergy, call it psychology, but I hated the damn thing every day I had it. Constant itching, dreams of it on fire, stiffness in the joints; it was an absolute pest. I just never wanted to broach the subject around their majesties because I knew Illyere already felt guilty about the fact that I had it. And after she… passed, there was just so much to do that eventually I was too busy to notice it anymore.”

“Until you met Mirje?”

“Until I met Mirje. She actually convinced Joitree to give prosthetics sciences a try, believe it or not. And then they started collaborating and revolutionized the field of mechanical limbs.” He tapped his leg and then flexed the toes, showing off how fine the gear control was. “I was one of their first exhibitions.”

Shiro leaned down closer, peering at the joint connections. “What’s this little thing here?” he asked, pointing to a node just above the ankle that connected to the back of the calf.

“Heh.” Coran reached down and pressed it, and Shiro stared in surprise when the ankle joint popped open, revealing a miniature set of mechanic’s tools. “Backup. Never know when you’ll need repairs in a pinch.”

Cool. Can you install me a set?” 

“We might be able to make that work.”

Reason #604 Why Phineas and Ferb is an Amazing Show
  • Doof: What kind of a plumber are you?
  • Perry: *is wearing a ball cap and tool belt* *chatters and takes off his cap*
  • Doof: A platypus plumber?
  • Perry: *puts on his fedora*
  • Doof: Perry the platypus plumber?
  • Perry: *unlatches his tool belt*
  • Backup singers: PERRY!
  • Doof: *GASP* PERRY THE PLATYPUS?!!!?!?!???!!